Sidelights are those long, thin windows found on the sides of the front door in Fort Lauderdale homes. Picking the right window treatment for sidelight windows is particularly important for a couple of reasons. First, they’re a focal point of your home, since most visitors’ eyes are naturally drawn to the front door when looking at a house. Second, people–from the mailman to guests to traveling salesmen–will see the sidelight windows up close, which makes a fantastic window treatment that much more important to ensure you keep your privacy.
The Sunburst recommendation for sidelight window treatments: Plantation shutters. Not only do shutters give your home classy looks and unmatched privacy, but they’re also easily customized for long, thin sidelight windows.
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French doors are a common sight opening up to patios or back yards. French doors are hinged double doors, typically with large glass panels, so Fort Lauderdale homeowners have a serious opportunity to improve their style and light control. French doors open and shut a lot, so they should have a durable window treatment that will still let you regulate the amount of light you let come through the window.
The Sunburst recommendation for French door window treatments: Plantation shutters. Because they’re installed directly onto the window frame and are very resilient, shutters are the perfect window treatment for French doors. Their timeless style and energy-efficiency are also bonuses for your French door.
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Octagonal windows are some of the most appealing and attention-grabbing windows we see in Fort Lauderdale homes. With their unique shape, homeowners would be remiss to cover them up with a standard shaped window treatment like blinds or curtains. Alternatively, pick a window treatment that can be custom-built to the window’s unique geometry so you’ll always reap the benefits of your octagonal window.
The Sunburst recommendation for octagon window treatments: Plantation shutters and window film. Shutters are customized to fit snugly within an octagonal window frame, keeping its unique shape and looks. Similarly, window film applies directly to the window pane, maintaining the octagonal window’s awesome shape on full display.
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When we talk about “wide windows,” we refer to windows with a width greater than 4‘. This covers full wall windows that stretch beyond what typical window treatments would cover. For these wide windows, Fort Lauderdale homeowners should think about how effectively a window treatment will protect their privacy and block the sunlight and heat flow that wide windows typically allow. Finally, wide window treatments should be simple to use, since there’s a lot of real estate that they’ll have to cover.
The Sunburst recommendation for wide window treatments: Roller shades, panel tracks or plantation shutters. Roller shades are easy to operate, and their muted look works great with especially wide windows. A panel track is a kind of shade with large fabric panels that move across a track–perfect for wide windows. Plantation shutters can give you a little more privacy and energy efficiency compared to shades, so if maintaining a consistent temperature is a priority, shutters might be your perfect solution.
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Angled or rake windows are appearing more and more in modern home design. The problem with angled window treatments, like with octagonal windows, is finding one that matches your window’s unique geometry. Remember also that many angled windows are in harder-to-reach places, such as where the ceiling and wall meet at a corner, so a window treatment that doesn’t have to open and shut often is oftentimes best for angled windows.
The Sunburst recommendation for angled and rake windows: Plantation shutters. Not only are they totally customizable to fit the precise angles and shape of your angled windows, but the shutter louvers can typically be set at a single, ideal angle without ever needing to be readjusted - perfect for windows in awkward places.
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Similar to french doors, the window treatment you get for a sliding glass door needs to allow you to open and shut the door easily and without obstruction. Moreover, a sliding glass door treatment needs to be sturdy and able to stand up to the frequent action a sliding door sees. Finally, sliding glass doors are some of the least energy-efficient window types, since they not only let heat pass through the pane but also through the door opening. A window treatment that can decrease heat transfer should also be a big priority for sliding glass doors.
The Sunburst recommendation for sliding glass doors: Panel tracks or plantation shutters. Both of these window treatments make operating a sliding door easy. Panel tracks also give you a range of designs and textures to pick from, freeing up your options and giving you the ability to take your designs anywhere. Plantation shutters are available in multiple configurations to fit any sliding glass door, and are more energy-efficient than any other window covering available.
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Bay windows are unmistakable. The tall panes, concave layout, and ample view you get from bay windows are distinct from other windows, so they need some special consideration when shopping for a window treatment. Fort Lauderdale homeowners should look at window treatments that match a bay window’s eye-catching shape, protect your privacy, and look elegant in your family room or living room. Fortunately, there are a couple of window treatments that fill all those roles.
The Sunburst recommendation for bay windows: Roman shades, cellular shades, or plantation shutters. Both roman and cellular shades function well with bay windows since each shade can cover a single pane, giving you a lot of flexibility in how much window area you need covered. Similarly, plantation shutters are installed on each individual pane on your bay windows, but are able to give you even more freedom in window coverage with their easily adjustable louvers.
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Regardless of their shape or style, windows that are close to your ceiling can be difficult to put window treatments on. Usually, the tops of the windows are outside normal reach, and getting the stepladder out every day can be a hassle. That means that homeowners in Fort Lauderdale with taller windows should go with a window treatment that can either stay in a fixed position, or operate remotely. It would be a bonus if that window treatment could also effectively block sunlight from coming in.
The Sunburst recommendationfor tall & high ceiling windows: Automated shades or plantation shutters. Automated shades can operate with the quick push of a button, without any hassle. On the other hand, with plantation shutters many homeowners opt to position the louvers in a single ideal position, and seldom, if ever reposition the louvers. Both window treatments tackle the biggest problem of tall windows!
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Eyebrow windows are the semi-arched windows that are almost always found above other, usually square windows. As a result of their location and individual shape, eyebrow windows come with issues that no other windows do when it comes to finding the perfect window treatment.
The Sunburst recommendation for eyebrow windows: Plantation shutters. Basically any other window treatment has serious drawbacks when combined with eyebrow windows. Blinds, drapes and shades hide the interesting shape and a lengthy window treatment can cover the separation between the eyebrow window and the square window under it. Because shutters can be custom-built to seamlessly fit in the frame of your window, they’re far and away the best option for this window style.
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Casement windows aren’t like other windows. Casement windows are hinged on a side, and open and close by swinging on that hinge, typically via a lever or crank. Since they have a unique opening mechanism, casements should have a window treatment that won’t impede its use but can still look great and protect your privacy. So what do you choose for casement windows in Fort Lauderdale?
The Sunburst recommendation for casement windows: Plantation shutters or shades. Plantation shutters can be fit to your frame to make room for a lever or crank–which will allow you to open and shut your window easily. Both cellular and Roman shades will also pair well with casement windows, but you may have to pull aside the fabric when you want to open and shut it.
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Find More Fort Lauderdale Window Treatment Picks
There’s more to think about than just the type of window when looking at window treatments in Fort Lauderdale. Check out our choices for window treatments for each room in your house with Sunburst’s Ultimate Room Guide, or get some personal tips by setting up an in-home design consultation by calling 561-440-8535 today.